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Phu Rua Rock Formations
Loei, Thailand
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Located in Loei, one of the coolest provinces of Thailand. It is rugged mountain range and also the headwater of many rivers of Loei. Phu Ruea is the highest peak of 1,365m above sea level. At the top, it is viewpoint that you can panoramically see Hueang and Khong Rivers.
 
The top of Phu Rua Peak.[1]

 

In northeastern Thailand is a flat-topped sandstone mountain known as Phu Rua. Phu Rua means "boat mountain" because of a jutting cliff shaped like the bow of a Chinese junk. Throughout the area are tall sandstone formations over 5 meters high. Cliffs are another major feature of this area with one of them covered in yellowish lichen. The one covered with this lichen is called Pha Sap Thong, which means "cliff which absorbs gold." If you yake an easy walk to the top of Phu Rua, on the summit you will see a Buddha statue which seems to be looking over the area. [2]

Phu Rua National Park Loei Province
Phu Rua comprises open pine forest, savannah fields with diverse ground flora and large natural rockeries on which grow Rhododendrons and other epilithic plants. There are approximately 105 bird species and the animals to be seen are Barking Deer, squirrels and Siamese Hares. One interesting feature of Phu Rua is the rock formations cut by wind and rain into the sandstone.[3]

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1. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.5 License.
2.  1001 Natural Wonders you must see Before you Die-Michael Bright-pg. 738-retrieved 6/14/2009
3. Thailands World- Phu Rua National Park-retrieved 8/11/2009
 
 
 
 

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